Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-06-261
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WSU runnpr pops O WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY -j to World Games .4- Icewall comes to Ogden ' See paee 5 See page 8 art If Ttasflo i n r toDD to w 51gIipOS v i I t hairman and three others terms expire By Shane Stevenson news editor The Signpost The Weber State University Board of Trustees will soon say goodbye to four of its ten members. Tom Davidson, Mac Christensen, Kathy Petersen, and Ana Eldredge will each complete their terms of office on June 30. "My job was to keep the meetings moving," Davidson said, "and to provide bad comedy." Davidson has occupied the position of chairman for the past two of his eight years as a board member. "I enjoy laughter in meetings," he added. Despite his not being a WSU alumnus, Davidson has been a dedicated supporter of the university for years. His interest in WSU athletics reaches back three decades. "We used to get big crowds out for wrestling in those days," Davidson said, "sometimes as many as twelve." Since then he has served in several leadership positions on campus: chairman of the board of WSU Campus Christian Fellowship; member of the WSU Task Force on Education of Diverse Populations; treasurer, president, and director of the WSU Wildcat Club; member of the WSU Athletic Board; and chair of the WSU CampusCommunity Relations Committee. Davidson said the personal relationship between students and faculty are what sets WSU apart from other universities. "I have worked with universities all over and I have never seen one that had an emphasis on teaching like Weber State. Students are not just a number on a seating chart," Davidson said. As a trustee during the past eight years Davidson has had a hand in several decisions that have changed WSU. He cited the recent decision of the board not to sell the WSU owned parcel of land located east of the university as one of the most important. He explained that most of the board members did not realize how "buildable" the land was. "We did a pretty good job with that," Davidson said. "There was a very thorough study done, which involved a lot of people." Davidson also said that the land would be used for future campus expansion. Davidson's advice to the new board members is to "Get out and meet people. You learn a lot about a school when you speak with students." The Weber State University Board of Trustees is an administrative body, which works closely with the university president. The board is made "My job was to keep the meetings moving and to provide bad comedy." Tom Davidson WSU board of trustees chairman up of ten members, eight of who are appointed by the Utah State Governor. The president of the WSU Alumni Association and the president of the WSU Student Association make up the remaining two members. Ana Eldredge said she . has grown a lot from her experience with the Board of Trustees. This year Eldredge will also complete her term as president of the WSU Alumni Association. "Remember who you're serving," Eldredge said in reference to the future board members, "and be proud of it." Mac Christensen, who has served two four-year terms and Kathy Petersen, who has served one term, were unavailable for comment. You can reach reporter Shane Stevenson by calling 626-7655 lor 'Vi "vjvr(! k i . 1nj "i, x. in i 'I ' y';. -o- . Marriot Foundation pledges $2 million By Lori Burningham 'sr news reporter Tlie Signpost The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation has approved a grant of $2 million to create the J. Willard Marriott Sr. Scholarship Endowment at Weber State University. This new endowment, named in honor of the Marriott Corporation founder and Weber alumnus, will provide scholarships for students who are the first in their family to attend college, can demonstrate financial need and have demonstrated perseverance to overcome difficult circumstances in order to attend college. President F. Ann Millner was very excited about Marriott's pledge. "We appreciate the generosity of the Marriott family and their support of WSU's mission to educate first-generation college students and those with financial need," said President Millner. "This commitment to student scholarships will allow others to follow in the footsteps of J.Willard Marriott Sr. who received support and encouragement to pursue his education while attending Weber years ago." The scholarship criteria reflect many of the circumstances J.Willard Marriott Sr. faced as a student at then Weber College in the early 20th century. "It is very exciting to think of the impact this generous endowment will have on the recipients and their posterity for generations to come." Brad Mortenson, interim VP. of University Relations & Development said. According to Mortenson the endowment of S2 million will be placed in interest yielding accounts and nothing but the interest will be used for the scholarships. He expects $400,000 to become available for the first scholarships in the fall of 2008. In 1927, Marriott and his new wife Alice traveled from Utah to Washington, D.C. where they opened up a nine-stool A&W root beer stand called "The Hot Shoppe." That business eventually developed into the worldwide hotel chain it is today. His son, J.W. Marriott Jr., Chairman and CF.O of Marriott International spoke at Weber State University's spring 2006 commencement and told the graduates, "I think a lot about what would have happened if Aaron Tracy and Weber College had not given my dad a chance." You enn reach reporter Lori Burningham at 626-7655 Pumping out the dollars Despite recent drop Utah gas prices still above national average. By Jestina Clayton sr news reporter The Signpost If the recent five-cent decrease in gas prices has you thinking that they are on the way down, think again. Rolayne Fairclough of the American Automobile Association in Utah said gas prices might increase again in anticipation of the July 4 holiday-a time when many people go vacationing. According to statistics compiled by AAA Utah, gas prices in the state are currently about thirty cents higher than this same time last year. AAA-Utah also says gas prices increased during the month of May until they peaked just before Memorial Day at more than $3.20 per gallon. Fairclough said a combination of factors is responsible for the high price of gas in Utah. "Traditionally gas prices fluctuate with seasons in Utah," said Fairclough "Gas prices are higher in summer and low in winter." Fairclough also said that gas prices are higher in the summer because gas companies anticipate the many trips Utahns make to run errands and go on vacation. The cost involved in transporting gas great distances, and the fact that " Utah; does not have waterways to allow for faster and easier shipping, also adds to the problem. The current average for gas price in Ogden is $3.20, and the national average is $3.07. AAA-Utah says Utahns could increase fuel efficiency by making sure their cars receive regular tune-ups. "I feel that $3.20 for a gallon of gas is absolutely outrageous," said WSU junior Colby Bone. "Made even more so by the fact that if adjusted for inflation, gas prices would be more expensive than it was in 1981 following the OPEC countries boycott." According to AAA-Utah, there are several ways to increase fuel-efficiency, such as: keeping windows closed when driving, planning errands to make as few trips as possible, driving the speed limit, and turning the car off so it does not idle. Tom Coles, manager oftheLes Schwab Tire Company in Centerville said drivers should check the tread and air pressure of their tires once a month and wheel alignment every 5000 miles. "Don't pack a load on top of your car," said Fairclough. "Make motel reservations ahead of time. Make sure your car is as efficient as possible so that every drop of gas counts." "I try to consolidate my work schedule into as few shifts as possible so that I do not have to drive so many different times," said Bone. You can reach reproter Jestina Clayton at 626-7655 Dangerous drinks Popular mixture of caffeine and alcohol can be dangerous, even deadly By Misty Evans sr news reporter The Signpost Two popular but potentially dangerous substances are being combined and marketed to young adults. Experts warn that combining caffeine and alcohol can pose serious health risks. "Alcohol usually has a drowsy effect on the consumer," said LaVaun Green, a dietician at the University of Utah f Hospital. "But when you mix it with an energy drink, you get the effects of alcohol, and additionally, stay wide awake for hours." Caffeine, wtiich has long been used as a stimulant, is also known for its ability to assist in the absorption of other substances. "Prescriptions often times contain caffeine because it speeds up absorption," Green said. "It has the same effect with alcohol." Green explained that clrinking the mixture in certain settings increases the danger it poses. Where physical activity is involved, in dance clubs for example, the effects can be potentially deadly. "A lot of physical acthity mixed with heart stressing caffeine could cause heart problems that will go unnoticed by an intoxicated person," Green said. "Caffeine and Alcohol, wtiich are both diuretics, also seriously dehydrate the body. Opening up the possibilities to many other complications." An additional problem with alcohol laced energy drinks is that they are appealing to young people. Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has been quoted accusing Anheuser-Busch, the manufacturer of the product TILT, of marketing the drink to young people. TILT, which is sold in convenience stores, is an alcohol containing energy drink that is """. packaged to look like a normal energy drink. mS. "I have mixed enercv drinks with alcohol before," said WSU student Haley Dodaro, "but I'm scared to do it now. I had a good friend who used to drink them a lot and one night he got really, really sick from it." Dodaro said that she still drinks energy drinks when she studies. "It helps as a student," she said. I lowever, she is against companies targeting young people. " I don't think kids should be drinking energy drinks at all, whether they mix them with alcohol or not." Despite the dangers posed by such drinks, many college students are not concerned. "If you are going to drink, just drink responsibly. " Said WSU student Nicole Nixon. "Just be careful." You can reach reporter Misty Evans at 626-7655 if News in Brief New fundraiser for WSU employee surgery The WSU classified staff advisory committee is sponsoring a fundraiser to help cover the cost of WSU employee Robin Watkins' liver transplant. The event will take place in the northeast lobby of the Student Service Center. Home made craft items will be sold on Wednesday, June 27 from 9:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. A wide variety of crafts from all price ranges will be available for purchase. Donations in the form of crafts for the sale or money are still being accepted. For more donation information contact Cindy Meyer at 626-7289 or by e-mail at cmeyerweber.edu. WSU changes food service providers As of July, Sodexho Campus Services' will replace Chartwells as WSU's food service provider. Coca-Cola will also replace Pepsi as primary vending supplier for beverages. Catering by Sodexho will be available starting July 1. However, retail food services will be unavailable July 2-6 while facilities are changed over. During this time Sodexho will provide a complimentary snackbar and beverages. Retail food services will reopen July 9. Sodexho's offices will temporarily be located in the east wing of the Shepherd Union building. Permanent offices are currently under construction and will be located in the renovated Union building. William Masullo, most recently at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon, is the new food service general manager. Sodexho will retain many food service employees which formerly worked with Chartwells. Sodexho can be reached by phone at 626-7512 beginning July 1, or by e-mail at sodexhocatering weber.edu. New program for developmental math WSU is instituting a new developmental mathematics program in the college of science. The new program will focus on students in classes numbered lower than 1030. Classes numbered above 1030 will still be taught by the mathematics department. This includes all quantitative literacy courses, education courses and traditional mathematics courses required for math majors and minors. The transition will take place over the 2007 - 2008 academic year and begins July 1. During this period Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. John Thaelcr will serve as chair for the new program. WSU is currently conducting a national search for a more permanent chair for the new program. During the 2005 - 2006 academic year WSU had a success rate of 59.85, close to the national average, for students receiving a C or higher in 1010. The WSU math department hopes the program will help improve student success rates in developmental courscwork.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2007-06-26, Vol. 70, No. 3|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State University|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|